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comment What does this road sign mean? (Germany; red circle and X on a blue background, with a right-pointing arrow.)
@Formagella beside the internationally standardised signs each country has some of its own as well. These arrows on no-stop signs in Germany are one such example. I've never encountered them anywhere else. In the Netherlands there can be arrow signs mounted beneath the sign to specify it further, also an extension of the international standard.
Jun
29
comment Better to obtain a temporary smartphone in the US or in Europe
correct. Having a phone that's not simlocked and simply buying a European prepaid card (you may want one for each country, check rates to see what's most economical) is the way to go if your provider doesn't have decent roaming rates and you are planning to use the phone for more than a very limited amount of traffic.
Jun
19
comment Suitable shoes for long-term, light-packing travel
there is no "best". "Best" is purely opinion based. For me the best would probably be none at all. For others it might be steel jungle combat boots...
Jun
8
comment Is sleeping on the floor in planes allowed, and if not, why not?
@JoeBlow that was KLM, ca. 2000.
Jun
1
comment Tipping in the Netherlands
@DavidRicherby coincidence, but would generally come out that way I guess for small amounts :) If you're facing a 430 Euro restaurant bill however, making it 500 Euro is not something I'd do. 450 comes first. Depending on circumstances of course. If it's you're with a large group, tip more for the extra effort the staff put in than if you're alone for example.
May
25
comment What swimming suit options are acceptable for a self-conscious recreational swimmer in Belgium and Western Europe?
your best option would be to get used to it and go with what's customary. There's no reason to feel naked in proper swim trunks...
May
25
comment Why did I get refused of entry into the UK even if I had a sponsorship letter?
Also, if the scout group receives government subsidies, the allowance they'd provide would possibly be public funds, receival of which is also a violation of 46A
May
24
comment Flying into and out of Germany on a Belgium Schengen VISA
typically your visa would need to be issued by the country of entry into the EU.
May
24
comment What to do before traveling to Europe as an American?
learn to behave like a person, not a tourist... And leave overt national pride at home, Europeans don't like such things (not just from Americans, from anyone).
May
20
comment Why have they announced to turn off phones while they are explicitly allowed?
Books are allowed to be used during the safety briefing? Not in my experience. And I've never had trouble turning over my e-reader and keeping it in my lap during the instructions, just as you should have no problem keeping a closed book in your hands.
May
20
comment Why have they announced to turn off phones while they are explicitly allowed?
@Josef you do, they can change between aircraft types and operators, as well as over time. Plus repetition helps... and of course the crew and other passengers don't know you.
May
17
comment Do you physically need a license to drive in the US?
well said. By law you're required to have it with you. If the cop pulling you over is nice, he may overlook you not being able to show it on demand, but he certainly doesn't have to and if he's under pressure to fill his ticket quota for the month he's going to ticket you for sure.
May
16
comment Malaria pills needed for jungle trip in Chiang Mai?
and modern day malaria has developed a lot of resistance to the chemical as well. Doesn't mean you shouldn't drink it if you like a gin'ntonic of course :)
May
16
comment What kind of hat to wear for business in India?
That'd depend heavily on where in India, time of day, and time of year.
May
13
comment Renting a Manual Car in the US
@CraigWelch not surprising, as in Europe manual transmission is pretty much the norm (though automatics are gaining ground, especially with the increasing popularity of hybrids) so rental companies tend to have a large supply of them. In the US and Canada that's not the case.
May
7
comment Is it common for travel agents to ask for credit card scans?
@Prasoon the Zimbadwean is more likely asking for scams than scans...
May
7
comment How does one know if a rental car takes diesel or gasoline?
The last several Diesels I've driven (and I've had more than a few) didn't have that indicator, or if they did it only comes on in case of failure...
May
6
comment Can I travel by plane with my residence permit, ID card, Geprivelgeerde Dutch card from Holland to Budapest, with my expired passport?
Best get an emergency passport then, as you've no valid ID on you at the moment apparently which means you're for the law an illegal alien and subject to deportation (unlikely to happen given your status but you might get some very pointed questions and may lose your privileged status as a result if stopped by police or border security).
May
6
comment Can I travel by plane with my residence permit, ID card, Geprivelgeerde Dutch card from Holland to Budapest, with my expired passport?
yes, an RSA ID card (not a passport apparently) would not be a valid travel document for internal travel in the EU. In fact without an RSA passport, as a non-EU citizen, he's already in violation of the law even being in the EU...
Apr
29
comment Is it safe to visit Nepal now since the trip is non refundable?
In that case, call the tour operator. They're the ones responsible. I'd not be surprised at all if they offer a refund for people not wishing to travel now. Wouldn't cover the flights of course, but the hotels and excursions possibly.